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Compassionate, Curious, Courageous, Inspiration

by loving friends and family of Mary Bellis

Margaret Mary Bellis’s love of children is rumoured to have begun as the second child of six. Mary’s genuineness, curiosity, friendliness, compassion and loyalty to her family, friends and colleagues are legendary and reminiscent of the attributes of one who was raised in a large family. Her curiosity, sense of adventure, outgoingness and adaptability are likely linked to having a father who was a Wing Commander with the RCAF, as this meant she and her family experienced life in multiple cities across Canada. Upon her father’s retirement in 1962, the Bellis family relocated to the Vancouver area from Ottawa, finally settling in Burnaby in 1964.

Mary’s passion as a caregiver was a large part of what drove her to choose nursing as her profession. Mary went to nursing school at St. Michael’s in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1970. Her first nursing job was as a pediatric nurse at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops in 1973, finally moving back to Burnaby to work at the VGH’s Health Centre for Children in the mid-1970s. Mary’s dedication to lifelong learning was evident early in her career when she pursued a specialty certification in neurological nursing from Foothill’s Hospital in Calgary, AB. Mary returned to BC and moved from VGH to BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) when it opened in 1982, where she worked until her retirement. She was a pioneer in family centered care before it was labelled as such. Mary recognized the impact an intensive care unit had on children and their families and she made it her mission to create a warm, child friendly environment for the children and their families. Mary role modelled excellence in her clinical skills, decision making and communication while caring for her patients and their families.

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Special Message re Our 2020 AGM

What a year this has been for all of us!   As with almost all non-profit societies it has certainly been challenging for us to carry out our mandate this past year. That said, we are proud to report that we still managed to provide 182 bursaries to BC’s nurses to assist with their basic and advanced education in 2020.  We have also been exploring some new opportunities for RNFBC going forward and are excited to share them with all of our members, donors, and friends.

Since the opportunities to meet in person are very limited right now due to Covid 19, we have chosen the option given by BC Societies to not hold an AGM in 2020 and instead push it forward to a date in early 2021.   We will let you know when and where it will be as soon as the date is set.  Meantime, if you are not an active member, please consider becoming one so you can join us.  If you are a member, please be sure to renew your present membership in order to have voting rights at the AGM.  You can access our membership page at www.rnfbc.ca/membership.  We need and depend on your support and valued input!

With the difficult year that was 2020 now closed and as we move into 2021, we consider the horrendous impact this pandemic has had on our loved ones and colleagues and hope you also think about the amazing skills nurses have demonstrated and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make in caring for so many sickened by it.  As a way to recognize and support their work, please consider making a meaningful one-time or monthly gift to RNFBC to help support our current and future nurses.  The process details can be found on www.rnfbc.ca.

In closing, on behalf of the RNFBC Board of Directors and our terrific staff, I would also like to thank you all for your interest and support.  It means more than you know!  Until we can actually meet in person, please stay in touch – and stay safe.

Best regards:

Heather Mass RN Msc, Interim President
on behalf of the Volunteer Board of Directors
Registered Nurses Foundation of BC

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Special Message re Our 2020 AGM

What a year this has been for all of us!   As with almost all non-profit societies it has certainly been challenging for us to carry out our mandate this past year. That said, we are proud to report that we still managed to provide 182 bursaries to BC’s nurses to assist with their basic and advanced education in 2020.  We have also been exploring some new opportunities for RNFBC going forward and are looking excited to share them with all of our members, donors, and friends.

Since the opportunities to meet in person are very limited right now due to Covid 19, we have chosen the option given by BC Societies to not hold an AGM in 2020 and instead push it forward to a date in early 2021.   We will let you know when and where it will be as soon as the date is set.  Meantime, if you are not an active member, please consider becoming one so you can join us.  If you are a member, please be sure to renew your present membership in order to have voting rights at the AGM.  You can access our membership page at www.rnfbc.ca/membership.  We need and depend on your support and valued input!

Also, with the difficult year that was 2020 now closed and as we move into 2021, we consider the horrendous impact this pandemic has had on our loved ones and colleagues and hope you also think about the amazing skills nurses have demonstrated and the sacrifices they have made and continue to make in caring for so many sickened by it.  As a way to recognize and support their work, please consider making a meaningful one-time or monthly gift to RNFBC to help support our current and future nurses.  The process details can be found on www.rnfbc.ca.

In closing, on behalf of the RNFBC Board of Directors and our terrific staff, I would also like to thank you all for your interest and support.  It means more than you know!  Until we can actually meet in person, please stay in touch – and stay safe.

Best regards:

Heather Mass RN Msc, Interim President
on behalf of the Volunteer Board of Directors
Registered Nurses Foundation of BC

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Helen Shore’s Memory Honoured

The Registered Nurses Foundation of BC pays special tribute to Helen Louise Shore and is grateful for the support we have received in honour of her memory.  

Helen made many meaningful connections and contributions during her distinguished life in nursing.  She worked in Community Health Nursing and then dedicated her career to Nursing Education.  

Helen L. Shore also completed a book at age 95 entitled “Shore to Shore: A record of the Shore family of Sheffield, England, to London, Ontario” describing some of her family stories dating back to the 15th Century – including one very famous family member, Florence Nightingale.  

Helen earned many honours for her numerous contributions and achievements.  She was also an active community volunteer supporting nursing and community service organizations.  Helen touched many nurses and countless others through her lifetime.   She is missed by many who share deep admiration for Helen’s contributions.  

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Meet the newest member of our incredible board – Lorelei Gibson!

Early in her career, Lorelei was on the board of directors for the Registered Nurses Association of BC representing Vancouver Metropolitan District.  Moreover, here in 2020, we welcome her back to RNFBC (formerly RNABC) as the newest member of our board team!

Lorelei is a lifelong learner and often embeds in a course of something as she works:

  • Graduated from Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing.
  • Baccalaureate and Masters in Nursing from the University of Victoria.
  • Holds a Provincial Instructor’s Diploma from Vancouver Community College, and a Prosci Change Management Certificate.

Her contributions to the nursing committee both in staff positions and as a volunteer are impressive:

  • Currently, Lorelei works for Interior Health Authority (IHA), as a Practice Lead for the Mental Health & Substance Use Network following her role as a Practice Lead for Access & Efficiency with IHA.
  • She sits on the IHA Nursing Scope of Practice Council and Clinical Records Standardization Committee.
  • She has previously worked in Child & Adolescent Mental Health at Children’s’ & Women’s (C&W) Health Centres as a point of care nurse, nurse clinician and nurse educator. She later moved into professional practice as the Professional Practice Lead for Nursing and Lead for the office of Policy for C&W.
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Support nursing students – Get the “Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe” posters!

A new series of posters “Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe” will benefit registered nursing students with partial proceeds going to the Registered Nurses Foundation of BC.

Printed on 100lb stock at a print shop in East Vancouver, these colourful designs feature Dr. Bonnie Henry’s three-part mantra.

Available for a limited time.

Buy Posters Now

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It is National Nursing Week from May 11-17, 2020

Nursing Week is the annual celebration of the nursing profession and is held every May to coincide with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.  Nursing Week 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday and the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the Year of Nurse and Midwife to honor her birthday.

The Registered Nurses Foundation of BC is proud to recognize the dedicated registered nurses and nurse practitioners who provide quality care for their patients, clients and long-term care residents.  From the bedside to the classroom and the boardroom, they make the world a healthier place.

We have nurses making a difference in our communities every day.  This is shining through during the pandemic.  This will continue to be true long after the pandemic subsides.  Thank you to all nurses for the differences you make.

So in this the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, thank you to all including our nurses themselves who support their fellow nurses and the future of nursing alongside the Registered Nurses Foundation of BC.

 

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Government Support for our Nursing Students

Main elements of BC Government support for post-secondary students, including nursing students, is described below for your easy reference:

>1.  The nurses education bursary….https://studentaidbc.ca/explore/grants-scholarships/nurses-education-bursary

  • This program provides up to $1 million in bursary funding, awarded each year to qualified nursing applicants who demonstrate the greatest financial need.
  • You may be eligible if you are enrolled in a full-time nursing program of at least 4 months in length at a designated post-secondary institution that leads to a Certificate, Diploma or Degree recognized for practice in B.C.
  • There is no need to apply for this bursary. You will be automatically assessed when you apply for a student loan.

>>2.  Starting March 30, 2020, B.C. student loan payments are automatically frozen for six months.

>>3.  Province boosts emergency funding supports for students:

  • B.C. has announced a one-time, $3.5-million investment in emergency financial help for post-secondary students struggling due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “students attending any of the 25 public post-secondary institutions in the province are eligible for the new funding, which is being added to regular annual emergency funds. The money is designated for students facing an unexpected emergency which affects their ability to finish their studies.”

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020AEST0018-000615

 

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Heartfelt Gratitude From Our President

Fiona Karmali

 

I would like to take a moment to share a short message of gratitude to all nurses during these stressful times. Situations like this underline the incredible work you do every day.

You ARE true heroes in our communities. You are making what could be people’s worst days better with your care, leadership, and dedication to helping others. Thank you!

You inspire us in your care of our loved ones and our neighbours. Thank you!

From the bottom of our hearts and the top of our minds, thank you on behalf of the Registered Nurses Foundation of BC.

In the meantime, let’s all do our part to help flatten the curve with regular and recommended infection prevention methods.

Please access trusted Covid19 information like the ones listed below.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19
https://covid19.thrive.health/
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support

Stay safe and stay strong as we all get through this together.

Sincerest thanks,
Fiona

President
on behalf of the Volunteer Board of Directors
Registered Nurses Foundation of BC

Bursary applications: https://rnfbc.ca/bursaries/

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A picture says a thousand words!

Thank you to all our “Supernurses”!!!  You are our heroes!

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